Morning Brew: December 23rd, 2008
If you're driving along in this winter mess, and you hit black ice, spin out, and strike a bus shelter, utility box, or city owned tree, should you be held responsible and be expected to pay for the damages? OPP commissioner Julian Fantino wants individuals (not insurance companies) to pay up when unsafe driving results in single vehicle crashes during adverse conditions. If this were to pass into law, I think it'd be difficult to police. The number one excuse would be "a driver cut me off and I had no choice..." but to plow into the snow bank and take out the parking meter.
A missing Hamilton-area woman was discovered by a search dog three days after her disappearance - buried in snow and barely clinging to her life. It's rather miraculous that she made it through the ordeal. I'm still not entirely clear how she ended up in the predicament though.
Businesses along Bloor St. between Avenue Rd. and Church St. are dealing with their second consecutive holiday season of construction fence mayhem. The city's revitalization project has hit a few unexpected snags that have caused delays (water main issues, telephone line issues, and perhaps a little government bureaucracy), leaving shop owners battling to keep their businesses alive.
Detroit has been siphoning and drinking Canadian water without paying for it since 1964. And it's expected that they will be allowed to continue to do so, with the public being offered the opportunity to "comment" on their proposed exemption until January 31st, 2009. I guess it's a fair deal... since we've been helping ourselves to their industrial pollution for even longer.
Cabbagetown residents are looking seriously at the possibility of pursuing a project that could result in a number of neighbourhood homes converting to geothermal heating and cooling, relatively affordably. They need a wealthy sponsor, and for the landscape to be deemed suitable before this can be realized.
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